If you've been following the recent Kate "Dead Jews are hilarious" McMillan fiasco recently, you'll certainly have noticed one of the more entertaining defenses from a number of Kate's groupies -- that all Kate (and NAMBLA Boy Richard Evans) did was set a "trap," into which walked one Warren Kinsella, so it's all Warren's fault and Kate was just having some fun and, geez, can't you folks take a joke?
Sure, that sounds reasonable, except that it doesn't quite work that way when the residents of Wankerville are on the other end of the hoax. Then it's not quite so amusing.
As Tim Lambert explains, it was last fall when a hilarious hoax purporting to refute man-made global warming was published. The point of the hoax was, of course, to see how enthusiastically the climate change deniers seized on something that was utter rubbish and, to no one's surprise, a number of them bit. Hard.
The entertainment here was based on the fact that the paper was so clearly, obviously and thoroughly nonsense that it shouldn't have taken anyone more than five minutes to figure out they were being yanked. So, yes, it was just plain funny to watch folks line up to sing its praises, only to expose themselves as utter cranks because of it.
Now, using the recent Kate McMillan logic, those gullible cranks should have had no one but themselves to blame. Not surprisingly, it didn't work that way:
Yesterday, I posted not one but two warnings about a fraudulent website that supposedly exposed the theory of anthropogenic global warming as being completely wrong. I posted in my update who the entire thing traced back to. People are still being caught by this scam. Folks, I do not think this was a hoax. I think it was a quite intentional fraud meant to trap some dissenters. This sort of thing will probably become more common - and more sophisticated...
Again, for the search engine records: geoclimaticstudies.info is a FRAUD. Dr Hiroko Takebe of the Journal of Geoclimatic Studies is a FRAUD. The study on the effect of benthic bacteria on global warming detailed in the "Journal of Geoclimatic Studies" is a FRAUD. Journal of Geoclimatic Studies is a FRAUD. Journal of Geoclimatic Studies is a FRAUD. Journal of Geoclimatic Studies is a FRAUD. Journal of Geoclimatic Studies is a FRAUD. Journal of Geoclimatic Studies is a FRAUD. Benthic Bacteria study + Global Warming is a FRAUD.
Hokey smoke, Bullwinkle ... that entire production was a disgusting, dishonest FRAUD!!!!!! Well, of course it was, you doofus -- it was a beautiful con job to expose a bunch of credulous idiots for what they are, and it worked wonderfully. And yet, notice how the exposed cranks turn the tables and make out the hoaxers to be the villains here.
I'm sure you can see where I'm going with this: When the Right are the perpetrators of the hoax, well, they're just having fun and setting a trap and anyone who falls into it, well, that's their fault and pay no attention to that disparaging of the Holocaust.
But when the Right are the victims of what is clearly a bit of comic genius whose only purpose was to expose a bunch of scientific buffoons, well, damn it, that's just mean-spirited and downright cruel and a fraud and a scam and, damn it, it's just not cricket!
Yes, the Right have some very strong opinions on hoaxes and practical jokes. And they'll be happy to tell you what they are, just as soon as you make it clear who is the perpetrator and who is the victim. Because, to no one's surprise, that apparently makes all the difference.